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Unread 09-22-2009, 03:20 AM   #1
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Why do neurological pains seem to get worse at night?

I remember 20yrs ago just before I had a carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand, the pain would worsen at night.

Right now, with the stupid numbness in my left hand, it feels like my left hand is being crushed right now. Like someone parked a steamroller on top of it. I want to go to sleep now. That's going to be a problem.

stupid $%&^ing MS!!!!!!!

At least the tendinitis pain in my elbow seems to be getting some relief from the pain med the doctor gave me today. Wish it worked on the neurological pain.
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It always gets worse at night. Works the same way with the flu too. Ever notice when you are sick you can feel fine all day and as soon as the sun goes down your body gets all yucky again??

My nightly tramadol/ambien coctail helps with the pain at night and puts me to sleep. Problem is I still wake up at 3:30 every morning and most of the time I cannot go back to sleep so even with all of the meds I am still only getting 4-5 hours of sleep a night. I think it's because at night time we finally rest our bodies after being active all day.
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there was a similar thread not long ago.. might be something in here for you
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread87204.html
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I asked my docor that same question once, and he told me that during the daytime we have heaps of other things to take our mind off the pain, but at night when it's quieter we tend to dwell on it that much more.

I don't know if it's true or not, but his explanation does makes sense.
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It took forever to fall asleep last night because of my hand. I'm actually glad that cleaning lady was late for work at our house this morning.

I think I'll be taking an afternoon nap today tho.

My elbow hurts more this morning. Both elbows actually. I wonder if it's because I had a doctor poking around on both of them yesterday. I think it's time to take the pain pill he gave me for that problem. (it cost $8 compared to the bottle of Lyrica that I refused to pay $100 for) At least that stuff helped the pain from my elbows...(and the arthritis in my left big toe)
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There is nothing worse than trying to sleep and the pain just hurts worse. Take your pain pill - I hope you get some relief.
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I'm probably about to jinx this, but things are a little teeny bit better tonight.

The numbness, and the pain are not so intense tonight. (yaaaaaay!) It's still there, and the itching is seriously...itchy! But, it feels so much better tonight. (my elbows...both of them! on the other hand, or elbow...are sore. I couldnt take it any longer and knitted off and on for about an hour tonight and that set off the elbow pain)

Some of the numbness actually let up today. I could feel it let go a bit, and then it would come flying back full force. It's been doing that off and on all evening, but at least it's trying to behave somewhat now. I hope this means things will be going back to normal soon in my hand and that the numbness will leave me alone for a long while.

Too bad the numbness further down on my body (around the upper chest, on the left side down to just above my hip, then skips down to my feet) hasnt improved. That's actually MORE numb. So are my feet. Plus I've had a couple of instances tonight where it felt like someone was tasering me in the side for a second. That hasnt happened for awhile. (well, it was about 20yrs ago that I was actually tasered for real. Long boring story that involves Boys Town students I used to work with...but maybe 3yrs since the MS Trolls in my head tried zapping me like that)

I can deal easier with numb toes and feet, as long as they arent burning like crazy. Not as easy to do when it's my hands, since I've got to constantly be doing something with my hands. It's really difficult for me to sit still without having something to do.

I'm about to go pop a Baclofen and go to sleep. I think that it might actually be possible to sleep eventually tonight. As long as the hand behaves and doesnt start hurting. I better shut up now so it wont start doing that just to spite me.
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